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Hu Wei Explores the Erosion of Tibetan Culture in Oscar Nominated Short ‘Butter Lamp’

Ostensibly the story of a photographer and his assistant capturing family portraits of the inhabitants of a remote Tibetan village, Hu Wei’s experimental short ‘Butter Lamp’ proves itself to be a multilayered thesis on the influence of globalisation and the erosion of Tibetan culture. DN caught up with Wei to discover how he went about blending fact and fiction and why a single image almost brought the whole production to a violent end.

Jessica Ashman Finds Acceptance of the Other in her BAFTA Winning Stop-Motion Short ‘Fixing Luka’

Premiering online here at DN, Jessica Ashman’s beautifully intricate stop-motion short ‘Fixing Luka’ tells the affecting story of Lucy, a girl who believes she can fix her broken brother if she just finds a way into his head. Jessica tells us about the development of her first professional short and how she marshalled the talents of a multi-disciplined team of creatives to create an award winning film about love and acceptance.

Love Runs Volatile Yet Tender in Sakari Lerkkanen’s Shivum Sharma All These Years Music Video

Finnish Director Sakari Lerkkanen draws from a past spent living on the fringes, to deliver the deeply emotive tale of a couple’s fractious relationship for Shivum Sharma’s ‘All These Years’ music video. DN invited Lerkkanen back to discuss the challenges of installing dark narratives into the music video structure.

Striping Back Filmmaking’s Safety Nets to Create an Authentic Short in Dee Meaden’s ‘Sibling’

DN caught up with Director Dee Meaden ahead of her short ‘Sibling’s’ LSFF screening to discover how working without the usual production safety nets created an environment of creative risks and authentic performances.

Spacey Blak Captures a Compelling Portrait of Artist Mathieu Ajan in Guerrilla Short ‘Something Hit Me’

London based Director Spacey Blak straddles documentary and fiction with ‘Something Hit Me’ – a portrait piece created for artist Mathieu Ajan. Blak takes DN through the down to the wire production of his debut short.

Fermín Cimadevilla Repurposes Fashion Film Aesthetics for Chulius & The Filarmónicos Music Video ‘Don’t’

Perfectly posed, beautifully shot and intriguingly alluring, Fermín Cimadevilla’s ‘Don’t’ for Chulius & The Filarmónicos track ‘Do Not’ is a music video which could easily go toe to fabulous toe with any of the new season’s fashion films. DN caught up with Cimadevilla to find out more about the inspiration behind ‘Don’t’.

Documenting the Moment of Creation in Christopher DeSanty’s Fogged Clarity ‘Les Cheneaux Sessions’

Co-founder of arts review site Fogged Clarity Ben Evans and filmmaker Christopher DeSanty headed to Michigan’s Les Cheneaux Islands with a group of talented artists to document the fragile moments of creation in ‘Les Cheneaux Sessions’. DN invited the pair to tell us more about their collaboration.

DN Top Ten Feature Films of 2014

We’ve crunched, calculated and collated the top ten lists of all DN’s writers, which means we can now bring you a beautifully condensed list of the 10 feature films which represent our collective cinematic tastes for 2014.

MarBelle Top Ten Feature Films of 2014

MarBelle takes a stab at distilling 2014’s film viewing into a favourite top ten.

The Old West & the Hong Kong Gangster Join Forces for Henry Kaplan’s Poignant Short ‘Get Better Boss’

We invite director Henry Kaplan to take us behind the scenes of the production of his poignant Hong Kong gangster short ‘Get Better Boss, created for Deech’s Comfort EP.